Posts Tagged ‘triple play’

It’s A Beautiful Day, Isotopes Fans – Let’s Turn Three

The front page of has a note that Albuquerque turned a triple play in Game One of its playoff series yesterday against Memphis.  I wanted to see how it happened, so I went to the game recap and found this description:

  • Brian Barden walks.
  • Mark Shorey singles on a line drive to third baseman Blake DeWitt. Brian Barden to 2nd.
  • Matt Pagnozzi grounds into a triple play, shortstop Chin-lung Hu to first baseman Hector Luna to shortstop Chin-lung Hu. Brian Barden out at 3rd. Mark Shorey out at 2nd.

Call me crazy, but I found it impossible to make any sense out of that.  Good thing there was link to a game story:

Memphis added another run in the fifth and looked poised for more in the sixth until some defensive wizardry by Chin-Lung Hu got the ‘Topes out of a jam. With Brian Barden on second and Mark Shorey on first, Pagnozzi sent a grounder to short, allowing Hu to tag Barden, who was moving on contact off second, for the first out before stepping on the bag to force out Shorey and completing the third triple play in Isotopes history with the turn to Hector Luna at first.

Okay, that makes more sense.  The recap didn’t make it clear that Hu handled the first two outs on his own before throwing to first for the rare (I imagine) 6-3 triple play.  Too bad second baseman Tony Abreu wasn’t involved – Hu-to-Abreu-to-Luna has a nice ring to it.

Not Every Day You See Someone Turn The Ol’ 3-2-6’s front page noted tonight that the Frederick Keys turned a triple play against Winston-Salem.  There was no game story, so I figured the next best thing was to check out the recap and try to figure out what the heck happened down there.

Picture it: bottom seven, bases loaded, Brent Morel and his fourteen homeruns at the plate, Brian Parker on the mound, Winston-Salem down 15-3 but with a glimmer of hope – and it happens:

Morel pops out to first baseman Robert Widlansky.
Tyler Kuhn out at home.
Justin Greene out at 3rd, catcher Caleb Joseph to shortstop Pedro Florimon Jr.

Crisis averted.  Not every day you see a guy run into trouble and wiggle his way out of it via the 3-2-6 triple play.  Reminds me of the story about Willie Mays’s Catch in the World Series, when the reliever who gave up the bomb to Vic Wertz said afterward, “Well, I got my guy.”